Recently a student named Zareen Tasneem Sharif from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has won the title of ‘Global Winner 2022’ of the Global Undergraduate Awards under the category of Architecture and Design for her undergraduate thesis. She is the first Bangladeshi in history to attain this acclimation.
As many as 2,812 submissions from around 73 countries reached to The Global Undergraduate Awards this year. And among all the participants Zarin was given the award for her incredible undergraduate thesis titled ‘Waste in the City: Agglomerating Local Economy of Matuail Landfill.’ Zareen’s brilliant project insists on changing the perspective of waste transforming an active landfill into an energy-efficient industrial ecology which integrates the culture and lives of the people of the capital Dhaka and resuscitates the lost agricultural traditions of Matuail. Being the first Bangladeshi to be crowned as one of the 25 Global winners was very overwhelming for the awardee as she wrote sharing the news of her win on Facebook.
The Global Undergraduate Awards, often referred to as the ‘Junior Nobel Prize’, is world’s one of the most prominent academic awards programs that recognize undergraduate works. It was founded in 2008 in Dublin, Ireland as The Undergraduate Awards. The program accepts submissions in 25 disciplines from undergraduate students of any part of the world through an anonymous online submission platform. Afterward, the submissions are anonymously evaluated by a group of professional academics. Under the patronage of Ireland’s president Micheal D, the award is imparted to the winners by a non-profit organization each year. In each category, the submissions are awarded in three levels which are: Highly Commended Entrants, Regional Winners, and the Global Winners.